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Africa Tourism Leadership Forum (ATLF): Highlights from the Event

Africa Tourism Leadership Forum (ATLF): Highlights from the Event

Hundreds of tourist industry players from 42 nations are due to conclude discussions on breaking down barriers in the sector at the Africa Tourism Leadership Forum in Gaborone, Botswana.

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The sixth tourism forum, which began with a masterclass session on Tuesday, will today focus on forging public-private sector partnerships to thoughtfully leverage concessions for tourism development in African communities, as well as tough talk about intra-Africa connectivity and travel costs.

“The cost of a ticket between Lome and Accra … when you add the government taxes and all, you then end up with about a ticket of about 400 dollars for a 15-minute flight, so what we are proposing is that these types of flights, internally, should be considered domestic, rather than international flights.”

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Beatrice Chaytor – Head of Division, Trade in Services DTIID, AfCFTA Secretariat says to mitigate the cost of air travel in Africa some short flights from one country to another, currently classified as international flights, should be considered domestic flights.

Sub-Saharan Africa alone has the potential to create 3.8 million new jobs development, emphasizing its importance in the region over the next development.

The Creative and Cultural Industries (CCI) have also emerged as vital economic drivers, generating up to $2.250 trillion in global revenues annually and employing nearly 30 million people worldwide, primarily youth.

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Services now account for 87% of total female employment in high-income countries (up from 80% in 2000), 62% in upper-middle-income countries (up from 40%), 43% in lower-middle-income countries (up from 29%), and 30% in low-income countries (up from 19%). This report finds that 54% of people employed in tourism worldwide are women. Women form an integral part of CCIs in Africa.

Miriro Matema
the authorMiriro Matema
Born in Zimbabwe and living in South Africa, Miriro is a seasoned publishing editor and writer, having worked with leading brands in investment, business leadership and entrepreneurship. Passionate about Africa’s development, Miriro is also a dynamic marketing consultant with 10 years experience working with startups and large multinational corporations. With a heart for travel, Miriro spends her time discovering the nooks of crannies of Africa’s hidden gems, taking the roads less travelled, meeting the beautiful people that call Africa home while exploring their food and culture. Miriro is currently a writer with Byolife Travel and Gallivant Africa